Best of CES 2020? Tech Sites’ Opinions Differ Wildly

January 10, 2020, 6:23 PM UTC

Despite all the attention paid to sexual wellness products at this year’s CES, when it was time to pick the best of show, traditional tech ruled supreme.

Technology sites, such as Engadget and The Verge, have rolled out their annual Best of CES awards as the show winds down. And while previous years have frequently seen a consensus about the show’s most interesting tech, this year was a bit less clear.

Engadget gave this year’s nod to Hydraloop, a device that recycles water used in the home by up to 85% say its manufacturers. That could significantly reduce water consumption and help in drought stricken areas. The device carries a beefy $4,000 price tag, but Engadget editors were impressed with how frictionless the device was, which could make it more appealing to consumers

The Verge, meanwhile, named Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, a foldable computer, as its best of show winner, though it did admit there was some internal disagreement about the choice. By offering a spec sheet and a firm release date, rather than just showcasing a concept unit, Lenovo made the cut, though.

CNET didn’t name any one particular item its best of show (focusing instead on 20), but it did show appreciation for Impossible Foods’ Impossible Pork, which made its debut at CES this year, noting the positive comments from taste testers and the continuation of the company’s winning streak from last year.

Other products that caught editors eyes in different categories at Engadget included Phonak Virto Black, a new style of hearing aid that’s custom made for users’ ear canals, offers Bluetooth streaming, acts as an earbud for phone calls and comes with an external device (called “Roger”) that helps with distance listening.

And Samsung and LG both got awards for their new line of TVs, with The Verge leaning towards Samsung’s QLED Bezel-less 8K set, while Engadget favored the LG CX-series OLED TVs. CNET was more enamored with Vizio’s new OLED TV, noting the company’s history of offering more affordable sets.

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